Category Archive for: ‘Exercise and fitness’

hCG for Weight Loss- Fact or Fad?

What is HCG? Human chorionic gonadotropin (hCG) is a glycoprotein made up of amino acids. It promotes the maintenance of the corpus luteum during the beginning of pregnancy, causing it to secrete the hormone progesterone. Progesterone enriches the uterus with a thick lining of blood vessels and capillaries so that it can sustain the growing fetus. hCG can also be …

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Is your Exercise Routine Hurting You?

Many exercise programs are poorly designed and can result in muscle imbalances, faulty movement patterns and injuries. Walk into most gyms and the first thing you see is rows of machines designed to isolate muscles. The problem with this is that muscles don’t work in isolation and by performing these isolated movements; you are forcing your body to work inefficiently, …

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How To Roll a Joint… For Pain

This video demonstrates the use of a Foam Roller for Self Myofascial Release. An effective technique for managing pain in your joints and muscles. So what are you waiting for? Learn how to roll a joint…

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Functional Movement Screen- The Key to Your Pain

Normal functional movement is dependent on the ability of the nervous system to coordinate movements of muscles surrounding joints. These muscles are classified as agonists (the prime mover), antagonists (opposite to the prime mover), synergists (helpers), and stabilizers. Depending on the movement, muscles will change their classification, e.g.  During arm flexion, the biceps are the agonist and triceps the antagonist. …

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Exercise for Ultimate Fat Loss

Long, slow aerobic activities are not the most efficient to lose fat and build lean muscle. Here’s why: When some people start a cardio program, they end up eating more and may even gain weight (International Journal of Obesity, Vol. 32, 2008) Three hundred hours of cardio per year helped men lose only 6 pounds (and women lost only 4 …

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What is FAKTR? FAKTR stands for Functional and Kinetic Treatment with Rehab. It is a concept that includes treating an area of dysfunction within the musculoskeletal system, while in a position of provocation (e.g. pain, restricted motion, and tension) or with movement. FAKTR is an effective way to quickly evaluate, identify and treat soft tissue and joint conditions. A practitioner …

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Self-myofascial Release- Foam Rolling

Over the past decade, the use of self myofascial release techniques, e.g. foam rolling, has emerged to become a relatively common and practical technique used within health and fitness centers as a corrective exercise for injuries, pain and performance enhancement. How does it Work? Receptors located throughout soft tissues (i.e. muscles and fascia) stimulate a protective mechanism caused by muscle …

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Is There a Magic Pill?

I am often asked “is there a pill that can make me look younger, feel better and improve my health?”  My response is there is no pill, but if you want an activity that could benefit your heart, improve your balance, strengthen your bones, and help you lose weight as it makes you look and feel better, then weight training …

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Why Does Your Back Hurt?

If you have back pain that started after some acute trauma, then the pain is probably due to a local sprain/strain of the muscles and joints. What about pain that is chronic and doesn’t seem to go away? Chronic pain is often due to  musculo-skeletal imbalances. The site of pain may not be the source, but in many circumstances is …

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Got PMS?

PMS is thought to affect around 30-40 % of menstruating women. The symptoms occur 7-14 days prior to having a period. Stress can make PMS much worse. The most common hormonal imbalance is a high estrogen level relative to progesterone. According to Dr. Guy Abraham, M.D., a research gynecologist and endocrinologist, PMS can be classified into one of four types …

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